Extinctions: going, going…

A recent research paper in Nature points to the rapid acceleration of tropical extinctions. The causes are well known: human actions like overfishing, and destruction of rainforests.

Despite the dry, scientific language, this paper is a call for action.

OK, so what if a rainforest treefrog is no more? Or a worm, or starfish or a bird with a funny call? Who cares apart from scientists?

I am sure that’s the attitude of people who don’t understand ecology. A good analogy for an answer is, what if your woollen sweater has a moth hole? It’s only a little hole, and there is plenty of sweater left. But the yarn has been cut there, and it will unravel. The hole will grow. And if there is one moth hole, you’ll find others, and all are locations for spreading destruction. Do nothing, and soon you can throw the sweater away.

Only, the object with the rapidly increasing locations of unravelling thread is the life support system of all things living on this planet. That includes you and your loved ones.

Even having a fortune of billions won’t protect you if this unravelling of the web of life continues.

About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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2 Responses to Extinctions: going, going…

  1. Dr Bob Rich says:

    Thank you, Margaret. It’s lovely for us to be on the same team. I wish everyone was.


  2. Margaret Goodman says:


    Thank you for the analogy of a moth hole in a sweater! I have signed up to go August 10 to visit a conservative Senator’s office to urge him to protect the United States Endangered Species Act, and the analogy could come in handy.

    Trying to do my bit for mother earth,


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